Charles Leclerc says third place within the 2021 constructors’ championship is a “life like objective” for Ferrari.
The group bagged one place on the second row of the grid courtesy of Leclerc in Bahrain. He and new group mate Carlos Sainz Jnr went on to complete sixth and eighth within the race, placing them fourth within the championship after one race.
“I feel a practical objective for this 12 months can be to be behind simply behind Pink Bull and Mercedes,” Leclerc mentioned within the FIA press convention earlier than the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.
“Realistically, I feel it’s going to be very tough to combat with them – we’re too far behind for now. However we’re within the combat with 4, 5 different groups for the third place within the constructors. So it’s going to be a decent combat. But when we do every little thing excellent, I feel it’s reachable.”
Ferrari fell to sixth within the championship final 12 months. Their 2021 automotive is carefully primarily based on the machine they raced in 2020, however includes a revised energy unit.
Their improvement of the present machine shall be restricted not solely by F1’s laws, but additionally the group’s give attention to designing subsequent 12 months’s automotive, when a brand new aerodynamic rule set shall be launched.
Leclerc was requested within the press convention if he believes Ferrari has the best mentality proper now to juggle its plans for subsequent 12 months whereas additionally profiting from a much-needed restoration after its dismal 2020 marketing campaign.
“I feel the mentality is true,” mentioned Leclerc. “On this I’ve no doubts and I feel we’re working nicely.
“Initially of 2020 was tough to only realise the fact of issues and to grasp that we had been actually a step down in comparison with 2019. However we went by means of this course of in a great way. After which we began to work to reconstruct somewhat little bit of the entire venture and, and the mentality is true.
“I don’t suppose we’re getting carried away by the combat there may be, or the combat there shall be through the season to combat for the third place of the constructors.
“Everyone seems to be nicely conscious that there’s way more to achieve to organize 2022 in the best approach, as a result of these new automobiles will final for lots longer, for a few years after 2022.”